China Travel Tips
China isn't a country - it's a different world. Unless you have a couple of years and unlimited patience, it's best to follow a loose itinerary here, such as following the Silk Road, sailing down the Yangzi River, or exploring the Dr Seuss landscape of Guangxi Province.
From shop-till-you-drop metropolises to the desert landscapes of Xinjiang, China is a land of cultural and geographic schisms. It's not that it has completely done away with its Maoist past - it's more that the yin of revolutionary zeal is being balanced by the yang of economic pragmatism.
Written by Lydia, October 2012
Sanya, located on the southernmost tip of China’s Hainan Island, is often billed as the Hawaii of China .
While a development boom is well underway, bringing brand name beach
resorts to the ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, January 2012
Magnificent and magical China is the world’s third most visited country, and with the vast variety of attractions on offer, it is no wonder the East’s mega house of culture is only increasing in ...
Written by Shanghai Expert: Harris, China, December 2011
Chinese hairy crab (Da Zha Xie) is a seasonal delicacy found in rivers and lakes of the Yangtze Delta region during autumn. Late autumn being the best time for eating crabs in Shanghai . ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, September 2012
Tourists and expats looking to escape the oppressive congestion of Guangzhou ( China ’s
third largest city) should turn their attention to Shamian Island. Once
part of a Chinese concession to the ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, November 2011
Of inestimable cultural and historic value, the famous Silk Road once connected ancient China to the outside world, and in some instances it still functions as a commercial trade route today. Along ...
Written by Lydia, March 2013
If you hop off the plane in Beijing or Shanghai expecting to munch on egg rolls and General Tso’s chicken, you’re in for a big surprise. Authentic Chinese cuisine is a far cry from the stuff labeled ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, June 2012
If you find yourself on a large-scale tour of China ,
one of the most intriguing things you can do is explore its endless
natural beauty. Its world-renowned lakes are a good place to start, so ...
Written by Emma, Australia, February 2012
Home to many different ethnic minorities, Guilin plays host to a number of colorful festivals and traditions which highlight their unique cultures. Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken ...
Written by Emma, Australia, July 2011
There are a number of traditional festivals in China, which fall at different times of the year depending on the lunar calendar. Each festival has its own unique origins and customs. The biggest and ...
Written by Lydia, November 2012
In a country as big as China
long distance transportation isn’t an option, it’s a requirement. When
flying becomes too expensive, riding China’s extensive rail network is
the next best thing. ...
Written by Lydia, February 2013
While the winter season may be the off season in China, with cold temperatures deterring many visitors, winter travel offers many benefits as well. Visiting China’s popular tourist destinations ...
Written by Lydia, December 2012
Xiamen, the most popular destination among Chinese domestic tourists,
often gets overlooked by international travelers who are more familiar
with the big cities like Beijing , Shanghai or Xian ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, May 2012
A day trip to Zhouzhuang
(located less than 20 miles [32.2 kilometers] from Suzhou) is an
advisable activity for anyone who travels to the region in search of
canals and other related Chinese ...
Written by John Reality, Cambodia, March 2012
As with previous years, the 2012 Peach Blossom Festival will be held
daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from late March to early April (March
25-April 20) at the Nanhui Peach Blossom Village in Shanghai ...
Written by Viator, June 2012
The city of Guangzhou, one of China’s ancient trade ports, has a history that extends back more than 2,200 years. Though Guangzhou was once the starting point of the Silk Road, it has since undergone ...
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New China Destinations on Viator!
Discover new cities in China to explore in 2012! In our quest to continually find fresh places for you to explore, the Viator team is planning to offer tours in many new Chinese cities this year. Check out the giant pandas in Chengdu, the stunning West Lake in Hangzhou and take a cruise down the Yangtze River this month!